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Russia invades Ukraine

Russia has commenced an invasion of Ukraine.

About 12 hours ago explosions were heard in Ukraine including in the capital Kyiv.

Russia has launched an invasion from the east, south, and north. Early this morning, Putin announced that Russia was initiating a "special military operation" in eastern Ukraine. Putin also warned of "consequences you have never seen" if any country interferes in the operation.

Ukraine said that 40 people are dead from the attacks.

G7 countries including Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States are meeting virtually today. NATO is also meeting.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement, "Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia’s egregious attack on Ukraine. These unprovoked actions are a clear further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law and the Charter of the United Nations."

The federal government is warning Canadians to avoid all travel to Ukraine due to the armed conflict with Russia. Anyone in Ukraine should shelter in place unless it is safe to leave the country.

Ukraine has approximately 200,000 active troops. Earlier this year, the Ukrainian Government announced plans to add 100,000 personnel to the armed forces over three years.

Russia has approximately 850,000 total soldiers.


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